Greenfinger's Guide to Growing

  • The Best Plants and Planters this July

    When you’re looking to enhance the beauty of your outdoor space, it’s always good to bear the seasons in mind.

    The more experienced gardeners out there will know what's what when it comes to the best plants to add to their garden. 

    But if you’re a new homeowner with a garden you’re looking to get into shape, it’s a good idea to take the time to learn what makes sense to add to the mix. 


    Perfect plants for July

    Summer is when the flowers in your garden truly come into their own, and there are plenty of options out there that look really good around July.

    Take Hollyhocks for example. Coming in beautiful shades of pink, purple and red, Hollyhocks can grow up to 5 feet tall and are a fine addition to any outdoor flower bed.

    geraniums Photo by Alvaro Parra on Unsplash


    Geraniums are an equally pretty addition to your garden this July, as are Echinaceas.

    Astrantias have also grown in popularity, while violas, pansies, and wallflowers are always a popular choice. These are really gorgeous additions and add a real dash of summer colour.

    As the summer moves on, heleniums, dahlias and penstemons all come into their own too. Try to take the time to research fully what blooms when, and turn your garden into the perfect outdoor space.


    Kit your garden out properly

    Of course, you need more than plants to turn your garden into the summer paradise you envisage. This is where Poundstretcher’s gardening range can come in handy.

    At your nearest store, there is a range of exceptional garden and outdoor products that can help you get the outdoor set up you seek.

    We have a selection of planters and hanging baskets that are sure to meet your needs.

    barrel planter

    For example, our barrel effect planter is perfect for housing new plants, offering a stylish and subtle aesthetic in any garden. 

    An equally popular product is our Glaze Effect Lady Planter, which adds a real feel of sophistication to your garden. This item comes in a selection of colours, helping you find the perfect buy.


    egg effect planter

    Similarly, our glaze effect bowl planter has an equally classic style, while the glazed effect egg planter is another strong option for you.

    bamboo potAnd consider also the bamboo pots we have at Poundstretcher. Our coloured bamboo pots are always popular, offering a cheap option for gardens this summer.

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    Don’t forget to pick up some high-quality, multi-purpose compost for your garden too.

    To get hold of everything you need to create the ideal summer garden this year, head to your nearest Poundstretcher store. You can find yours by using our Store Finder. We look forward to welcoming you to our store.

    Also, remember to check out our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for amazing competitions, and our YouTube channel is ever-growing too, hopefully just like all the plants in your garden.

  • Decorate Your Garden With Hanging Baskets This Summer

    Spring is coming to an end, but that doesn't mean you can slack with gardening in this delightfully warm weather! With help from Poundstretcher, why not create that vibrant garden paradise before summer officially hits? How? Well, just take a look at our range of outdoor gardening planters and hanging baskets for starters!


    Corn Rope Hanging Basket

    One great way to add some real life and colour to your garden space, or even just outside your front door, is this well-crafted and rustic corn rope hanging basket. Simply add any flower you desire to create a gorgeous visual display (within reason, of course, as no sunflower is going to look great sagging from a hanging basket).

    Whether you wish to keep it simple (as seen above) or if you want to fill it to the brim with as many flowers as possible, this 14-inch cone-shaped basket is a great start. The sturdy and durable metal frame will hold your flowers with ease, and with the plastic cover for protection, it will keep your flowers in perfect position.


    Rattan Hanging Basket

    Want an even more rustic charm for your garden? Well then, this rattan hanging basket is just what you're looking for! A classic garden basket, this will allow you to display your flowers and shrubs whether you suspend them from porch roofs, conservatories, sheds, balcony railings, ceilings, outside your front door, wherever!

    Complete with a large metal hook, this basket suspends from a classic link chain and is ready to display the prettiest of your flowers and herbs. It's simple, it's effective, and it's a bargain!


    Hanging Basket Wall Brackets

    Ideal to attach to the side of any house or wall, we have both 10-inch and 14-inch wall brackets to add a touch of nature to any and all aspects of your home. You can proudly show off your gift for gardening and will also bring that colour to your garden throughout the flower season.


    Hanging Basket Liners

    No hanging basket would be complete without an appropriate liner! Not only will these slot within your hanging basket, but it will aid your plant's growth. Sturdy and sound, we also have coco liners (coming in 12 and 14 inches) that will comfortably hold your flowers firmly in place, helping them to grow and develop into big, beautiful blooms!


    There's More Than Hanging Baskets

    Don't want hanging baskets but still want to show off your green fingers and have that vibrancy only flowers can bring? Well then, why not think about wall mounting with some of our Venetian wall planters or rustic heart garden wall baskets?

    Before the summer sets in fully, why not get out into the garden, get inspired, and add some hanging vibrancy! Want to find the quickest way to your nearest Poundstretcher? Just check out our handy Store Finder, where Google directions, distance, and opening times can all be easily accessible!

  • Greenfinger's Guide To Growing: May

    Greenfinger's Guide To Growing: May

    Greenfinger here, with more hints and tips to get your garden growing! This month we’re looking at what to sow and plant in… you guessed it, May! So get your gardening gloves at the ready and your trowel in hand, and take a look at the latest installment of Greenfinger’s guide to growing in…May!


    April showers bring May flowers, never a truer word was said! This glorious month is the perfect time to add a sprinkling of colour to your garden by growing Nasturtiums in pots scattered around your decking or front door. They're incredibly easy to grow, and with a sweet fragrance and vibrant flowers they're great for cutting and bringing inside your home. They're also completely edible and make a unique salad garnish!


    May is the perfect time to directly sow Sunflowers. No matter how big your outdoor space is, these lively plants will add a burst of colour to your garden. They're also a great way to get the kids interested in gardening, just add a little pinch of competition and see whose sunflower grows the tallest! We have a great selection of seeds just waiting to be picked by you in your local Poundstretcher.



    With the last of the spring frost hopefully behind us, it is time to get those beans a-growing. No matter what space you have they're really easy to grow in allotments or pots on your patio. From French to Runner, May is the month where beans thrive. As long as they have a sturdy support they'll soon start to entangle themselves around wicker canes and garden fences, growing up to 15 feet tall (if you let them!)


    I know the dreaded festive season is a while a way yet but get those notoriously slow growing Brussel sprouts sown outdoors now and you'll be reaping the benefits come the winter months. Just watch out for pesky slugs which really pose a threat with the warmer weather.



    Now is the time to really step up your herb garden whether it's in hanging baskets, window boxes or raised beds.  Chives, coriander, dill and parsley will flourish, attracting bees and butterflies to your garden with their pretty flowers and fresh scents. They'll also taste delicious in a whole array of dishes, coriander is particularly tasty in a Thai curry and dill in a creamy fish pie.

    Featured Recipe

    Aprons at the ready it’s that time again to revel in the delicious produce you have grown. As it is the season of the bean, I want to celebrate their versatility and fresh flavour, with a simple dish of runner beans with shallot butter - the perfect accompaniment to grilled fish or chicken.

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    So if you’ve been bitten by the gardening bug and want to try your hand at horticulture, then get yourself over to your local Poundstretcher and pick up some supplies today!

  • Greenfinger's Guide To Growing: April

    Greenfinger's Guide To Growing: April

    It's #NationalGardeningWeek and Greenfinger is here, with more hints and tips to get your garden growing! This month we’re looking at what to sow and plant in… you guessed it, April! So get your gardening gloves at the ready and your trowel in hand, and take a look at the latest instalment of Greenfinger’s guide to growing in…April!


    Is your lawn looking a bit patchy and neglected? Then now is the time to sow some grass seeds and help it return to it's former glory. It's so easy to forget about the grassy parts of our garden, but these need as much love and care as your flowers.


    Gladioli are some of my favourite flowers, their distinct shape, height and wonderful array of colours make them perfect for planting along garden fences.  Their bulbs are easy to plant too, just make sure your soil is well drained and you're ready to go - easy!


    With the birds singing, blossom blooming and the warmer weather floating in on the breeze it’s the perfect time to get your veggies growing. The season of fresh salad will soon be upon us – get planting lettuces, kale seeds and tomatoes ready to fill salad bowls at BBQs. Sow cucumbers towards the end of the month and they’ll soon be ready to adorn your salads and be mixed into your jugs of Pimms.


    Don’t forget about the dishes you’ll be preparing come late summer and autumn though, now is the time to sow cabbages and onions ready for stews and soups. If you’re looking to add some colour to your meal times beetroots are the veg for you, and just the thing to plant this month as well. We have a great selection of seeds just waiting to be picked by you in your local Poundstretcher.



    It’s just the month to get your potted fruit trees and plants growing – great if you have limited space as fruit will thrive even on your balcony! But don’t forget to protect your plum and pear trees from the icy grasp of spring frost that still comes a-knocking at night.



    Those herbs you grew from seeds or bought can now go outside, into pots, window boxes or our Mini Wall Hook Planters.  I especially like to fill hanging baskets with hardy rosemary, fragrant mint and bright chives and watch as they thrive. Their small brightly coloured flowers will attract bees to your garden as well, so sit back and relax as you watch these marvellous creatures buzz around your herb garden.


    If you’re fond of Italian flavours in your cooking basil seeds are also great to sow in April – truly versatile basil is wonderful in chicken, pasta and even strawberry based dishes!

    Featured Recipe

    Aprons at the ready it’s that time again to revel in the delicious produce you have grown. Herbs are a fantastic way to elevate a dish from tasty to delicious, and as I mentioned basil earlier I think we’ll use just that to make basil and tomato spaghetti – yum!

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    So if you’ve been bitten by the gardening bug, and you want to try your hand at growing some greens during #NationalGardeningWeek, then pop over to your local Poundstretcher to grab some supplies today!

  • Greenfinger's Guide To Growing: March

    Greenfinger's Guide To Growing: March

    Greenfinger here, with more hints and tips to get your garden growing! This month we’re looking at what to sow and plant in… you guessed it, March! So get your gardening gloves at the ready and your trowel in hand, and take a look at the latest installment of Greenfinger’s guide to growing in…March!



    There’s no better way to add a splash of colour to your garden than with loads of gorgeous flowers! With so many captivating colours to choose from and all the weird and wonderful varieties to enjoy, who wouldn’t get excited about growing season? While all flowers have their own kind of beauty to offer the world, it can be really easy to feel overwhelmed with all the options when it comes to your own garden. But worry not, as old Greenfinger is here to help with all your gardening woes!

    As we get further into the year, the nights will get shorter, the days will get longer and the weather will get (a little bit) warmer - with all this comes way more flowers to showcase in your garden! If you’re a fan of all things weird, wonderful, and utterly exotic, then I suggest sowing some of these spectacular Passion flower seeds! Incredibly unusual but effortlessly beautiful, these stunning flowers are ideal if you’re looking to make a real statement in your garden!


    Passion flower

    But if you’re after something a bit more elegant, then the Himalayan poppy might be bit more your style. With its simply gorgeous deep blue shade and delicate floaty petals, it’s near impossible not to fall in love with this extraordinary poppy.


    Himalayan Poppy

    And for those of you who are fans of more traditional floral beauties, March is also a great time to sow “Night Scented” Stock flowers! Dainty, elegant and oozing with beauty, these little lovelies are guaranteed to be a welcomed addition to any garden!


    Night Scented Stock flower

    And let’s not forget the beautiful Busy Lizzie flowers! Bring a pretty pop of colour to your lawn with these adorable little blossoms, that're sure to bring a smile to anyone’s face! But if you just can’t wait to get your hands on some of these seeds, then you’re in luck as we just so happen to have some Busy Lizzie planter sets in stock across all of our stores!


    Busy Lizzie flowers


    But if you’re wanting something a bit more bold and bright, then the Begonia could be more up your street. Eye-catching and bursting with colour, these beauties are great for adding a summery feel to your garden, regardless of whether the sun has come out to play! And if you want to grab some right away, then lucky you as we have loads of Double Begonia barrel planter sets available in store now!


    Begonia flowers

    And last but definitely not least we have everyone’s favourite flower – the Geranium! Fabulous, fresh and incredibly elegant, these gorgeous flowers will fill you and your garden with joy – so it's a good job that we have loads of beautiful Geranium handbag planting sets in all our stores right at this very moment!


    Geranium flower



    I may be bias but my favourite part of gardening is without question, growing my very own edible produce. There’s nothing better than sitting down to dinner and tucking into something you grew yourself – that my friends, is the definition of satisfaction. So why not try your hand at it too?

    March is the ideal time to start sowing all you favourite veggies like broccoli, carrots and cabbage, but what about the slightly less common garden veg?


    Jerusalem Artichoke and Asparagus

    This time of year is great for sowing things like aubergines, asparagus and even Jerusalem artichokes, which are not only great for varying the produce in your garden, but also add a bit more  diversity to your diet too – win!



    Try your hand at growing your main course and your dessert this month! While we all know that good, healthy adults are supposed to eat 5 hearty portions of fruit and vegetables each day – we hardly ever do. But we might be more inclined to do so if we grew our favourite foods in the convenience of our own backyards!

    This month, sow some juicy Alpine strawberries along with some yummy cranberries, and pop them in a homemade pie! But if you’re feeling a little bit more adventurous, why not try your hand at growing some mouth-watering cantaloupe melons, or even some delicious lingonberries!

    Featured Recipe

    Aprons at the ready, because it’s that time again folks!

    This month’s featured recipe just had to be some delicious, home-made lingonberry jam! Packed full of flavour and a cupboard essential, this lingonberry jam is a fantastic way of making the best use of your garden produce – and making yourself a tasty treat while you’re at it!


    So if you’ve been bitten by the gardening bug and want to try your hand at horticulture, then get yourself over to your local Poundstretcher and pick up some supplies today!

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